Wildlife Watching at our Forest of Bowland Self Catering Holiday Cottage

Caldertop Cottage
Self Catering Holiday Accommodation

Higher Landskill Farm Wildlife

Part of our land is in the Environmental Stewardship Scheme and we manage it to preserve the traditional look of the countryside and to encourage wildlife. Our hedges and dry stone walls are traditional field boundaries in this part of the country. This land is also is listed as a Biological Heritage Site. These fields are of significant ornithological interest supporting good numbers of breeding waders, in particular Lapwing, Redshank, Curlew and Snipe.

The open rushy pastures of Higher Landskill Farm are an ideal habitat for waders, including snipe, curlews, oystercatchers and lapwings. We are working closely with RSPB to improve the habitat and now have our own bird watching hide where the wading birds can be observed. We have featured in the RSPB Bowland Wader Project Newsletter (pdf)

Bowland Wader Project page on the RSPB website

Binoculars are available for our guests to borrow and there is a notepad in the bird hide for you to jot down your sightings or see what other guests have seen.

There is a pond on our land which can be seen from the bridlepath which goes through the farm. Here you may see ducks, moorhens, geese and the occasional heron.

Every Spring the swallows return to nest in the farm buildings and also in our garage. A couple of years ago we made a small hole in the garage door with a perch so that the swallows could have a permanent access to their nest!

We have placed nest boxes in the trees around the farm to attract great tits, blue tits and robins. In summer bats use our barn as a roost.

We have free range hens on the farm. These are rescued battery hens from the Battery Hen Welfare Trust. They are free to roam around the farm and guests enjoy the eggs which are given in the welcome basket.

Around the hen shed is an area which has been left overgrown with nettles. Many butterflies need nettles to lay their eggs on and for caterpillars to eat, for example red admirals, peacocks and small tortoiseshells. Some moth caterpillars also feed on nettles and many of them will in turn be eaten by the birds. The nettles are regularly cut back to encourage fresh young growth.

We have plans to sow wildflower seeds next to the hen shed which will attract insects and birds, and also along parts of the farm lane.

Click here for our RSPB Management plan for waders (987kb PDF)

In our conservation work we have been helped by local volunteers from the community, Wyre Countryside and Lancashire Countryside Services. Click here for more information (70kb PDF)

This conservation work also featured in Rural Life Magazine (52kb PDF)

Forest of Bowland The Lune Valley and Morecambe Bay

If you have limited mobility you can still make the most of our fantastic countryside by booking a Tramper Vehicle. Tramper Trails and Hiring Information

Interactive Map of wildlife Hotspots in Lancashire.

Nature reserves, visitor centres, wildlife walks and the best places for bird watching.

Click Here to view map

Lancashire bird watching

Brock Valley.

A Lancashire Trust for Nature Conservation site. Nature trail alongside river Brock. Spectacular displays of Bluebells and Wild Garlic in the spring. Good place to see dippers and wagtails and dragonflies.

Beacon Fell Country Park.

The Country Park consists of 110 hectares (271 acres) of woodland, moorland and farmland. The summit is 266 metres (873 feet) above sea level and offers spectacular views of the Forest of Bowland and Morecambe Bay. On a clear day it is even possible to see the Isle of Man. There is an abundance of wildlife for those who are prepared to be observant. Rabbits and hares are frequent and are easily spotted. Roe deer are a little more elusive, but patience may well be rewarded! Stoats and weasels can be seen running across the road or clambering over the dry stone walls. As many as 11 species of dragonflies and damselflies may be seen around the ponds during the summer months. More information Beacon Fell Country Park

Rossall Promenade and Point.

Great place for bird watching.

Cockerham and Winmarleigh Mosses.

Winmarleigh Moss is the largest surviving area of uncultivated peat mossland in the county.

Leighton Moss.

RSPB reserve Leighton Moss Website

Martin Mere.

WWT reserve Martin Mere Website

Birding in Bowland (5.2 mb PDF file)


Brown Hare
Brown Hare

Waders Lancashire viewing Bird Hide
The Bird Hide

Wildlife Pond
Wildlife Pond

Lapwing Chick

A local Hedgehog

Wildlife pond
Wild Iris

redshank chick
Redshank chick


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